New Yorker cover depicts Trump, Sessions dragging Comey off a plane

New Yorker cover depicts Trump, Sessions dragging Comey off a plane
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The New Yorker is sharing the cover illustration for next week’s issue, which depicts President Trump and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report MORE dragging former FBI Director James Comey off a plane.

“It’s probably a bit of a leap,” artist Barry Blitt said about the cover. “James Comey is six feet eight — he probably would have been happy to give up his seat in a cramped cabin.”


The cover lampoons Trump’s stunning decision to fire Comey on Tuesday. The White House initially claimed that Trump’s decision to came on the recommendation of Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But Trump said on Thursday that he was going to fire Comey regardless of the Justice Department’s recommendation.

The cover combines Comey's firing with another recent major news story: the outrage last month when United Airlines security violently dragged a man from an overbooked plane. Video of the dragging quickly went viral, leading to a backlash from customers and United’s CEO appearing before a congressional committee.